Lois grew up in Vernon, BC, Canada where she was introduced to the arts at a very young age. She stage managed her first show – a student directed production of Elaine May’s Hotline at W.L. Seaton Secondary School when she was 13.
She went on to attend Trinity Western University in Langley, BC to study Drama and Communications, graduating in the spring of 2007, with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Lois works primarily in Vancouver, BC, Canada as a freelance stage manager for theatre and musicals where she had the privilege of stage managing the world premiere of Sean Devine’s Re:Union in the fall of 2011 as well as 40 other productions in the past five years. When she is not busy working, she volunteers with a number of local arts companies and festivals and guest lectures at her alma mater.
In addition, Lois works with the Vancouver International Fringe Festival where she helped to launch Fringe Onsite, a program to help develop site-specific theatre pieces in conjunction with Vancouver-based Company The Only Animal. In 2011 Fringe Onsite premiered 12 plays on and around Vancouver’s Granville Island, including two that involved the use of boats.
One of the highlights of Lois’ career thus far was working for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games as the Stage Manager and Assistant Ceremonies Coordinator for the Richmond Olympic Oval where she oversaw more than 250 performers, dignitaries and athletes and developed a great appreciation for long track speed skating.
www.LoisBackstage.com launched in 2008 and now features recipes, pop culture, and behind-the-scenes looks at the productions she is involved with. In 2011 it was visited by over 24,500 people and used as a part of the Stage Management curriculum at three universities.
In spring of 2009 Lois was interviewed by The Next Stage Magazine about stage managing, social media, and the state of theatre in Vancouver. To read the interview in its entirety, click here. In the Summer 2011 edition of EQ (Equity Quarterly – the official news magazine of the Canadian Actors Equity Association) Lois was interviewed on the role of social media in theatres. The article can be found online in pdf form if you wish to read it. She also occasionally writes for 2am theatre and takes on freelance social media consulting, planning and marketing gigs.
If you have questions, please feel free to get in touch via email: lois (at) loisbackstage (dot) com